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creamy tomato basil pasta

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4 servings


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh minced basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 10-12 ounces your favorite pasta we used whole grain Penne


  • Bring large pot of water to boil for the pasta.
  • While waiting for water to boil, start the sauce.
  • In large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and and saute until translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook one more minute.
  • Add flour to onion mixture and stir to combine. Let cook another 1-2 minutes.
  • Slowly add half and half and then the milk, stirring continuously.
  • Add tomatoes then cook another 7-10, stirring often, to let sauce thicken.
  • While the sauce cooking, add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package instructions.
  • With an immersion blender, puree sauce until your desired consistency. I left a few chunks, but wanted my sauce pretty smooth.
  • Add basil and Parmesan and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper, to your liking
  • If sauce is too thick, add about 1/3 cup of the pasta water to thin it out, if you feel that is needed.
  • Add pasta to sauce and stir to combine.
  • Serve topped with additional Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!